(STOCKBRIDGE, Mass.) – The site-specific, collaborative installation, electro-synthetic, which has been constructed for the last three weeks by artists Derek Parker and Anne Roecklein, officially opens on Thursday May 3, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, at IS183 Art School of the Berkshires. Parker and Roecklein will speak at the opening about their collaborative process, which involved working in overlapping stages to create a piece that evolved over the three weeks of their Citizen’s Hall residency.
Through the construction of electro-synthetic, Parker, drawing inspiration from the processes used by industrial electricians, and Roecklein, working in collage and assemblage from materials that attempt to replicate nature including faux flower parts, plastic aquarium plants, and items used to make fishing lures, have been exploring the harmony and discord that arise in symbiotic (and parasitic) relationships, where it is difficult to know where one organism, process, or idea begins, and the other ends.
The public is invited to join in the culmination of a project that transformed the functional space of the IS183 Stairwell Gallery into a living, breathing piece of art. electro-synthetic will remain on view through June 8.
On Tuesday, May 8, from 6pm to 9pm, IS183 will present a free film screening of experimental animation. A collection of short films curated by IS183 animation faculty artist and CalArts Experimental Animation alumnus Dina Noto, the program will highlight both contemporary and historical examples of experimental animation – animation approached as a fine art and encompassing a variety of techniques and methods. An evening designed to educate, intrigue, and provoke thought and discussion, the program will feature award-winning short films ranging from character-based to abstract, heart-warming to mind-bending, as well as a Q and A with Noto.
IS183 will host a reception to honor K-12 arts educators in the Berkshires on Thursday, May 10 from 5pm to 7pm. The event will take place at Ferrin Gallery, located at 437 North Street in Pittsfield. As the only community art school in the region, IS183 serves as an employer and a committed advocate for arts education in-school, after-school, and through extra-curricular programming. The reception will honor the dedication and commitment of arts educators in Berkshire County and serve as an opportunity to connect with other arts education professionals. Light fare and beverages will be provided. RSVPs are requested to Brielle Rizzotti, IS183 Program and Marketing Coordinator, at 413-298-5252 x 103 by Monday May 7.
IS183 Art School is a not-for-profit community art school located in the Interlaken village of Stockbridge, MA whose mission is to encourage people of all ages, means and skill levels to enrich their lives through hands-on experience in the visual arts. IS183 offers year-round programs in ceramics, painting, drawing, fiber arts, sculpture, animation, mixed media and more for children, teens and adults — both onsite in the studios of its historic landmark home in Stockbridge, as well as offsite at various locations throughout Berkshire County through collaborative partnerships with schools and other cultural organizations. Programs are offered daytime, evenings and weekends, for all levels–from the absolute beginner to the professional artist. In addition, IS183 offers custom classes, private lessons and birthday parties upon request.